Diminished scale

A A# B C (default) C# D D# E F F# G G#
Notes
C D D# F F# G# A B play notes
Intervals
W H W H W H W H
Semitones
1 3 4 6 7 9 10 12
Scale degrees
1 2 ♭3 4 ♭5 ♭6 6 7

Guitar neck

This guitar neck shows the notes of the diminished scale.

E B G D A E 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 F F# G# A B C D D# F F# G# A B C D D# B C D D# F F# G# A B C D D# F F# G# A G# A B C D D# F F# G# A B C D D# F F# D D# F F# G# A B C D D# F F# G# A B C A B C D D# F F# G# A B C D D# F F# G# F F# G# A B C D D# F F# G# A B C D D#
1 e  - |-F-|-F#|---|-G#|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|-D#|---|-F-|-F#|---|-G#|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|-D#|
2 B  B |-C-|---|-D-|-D#|---|-F-|-F#|---|-G#|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|-D#|---|-F-|-F#|---|-G#|-A-|---|
3 G  - |-G#|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|-D#|---|-F-|-F#|---|-G#|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|-D#|---|-F-|-F#|
4 D  D |-D#|---|-F-|-F#|---|-G#|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|-D#|---|-F-|-F#|---|-G#|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|
5 A  A |---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|-D#|---|-F-|-F#|---|-G#|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|-D#|---|-F-|-F#|---|-G#|
6 E  - |-F-|-F#|---|-G#|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|-D#|---|-F-|-F#|---|-G#|-A-|---|-B-|-C-|---|-D-|-D#|
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Shapes

These CAGED scale patterns help you learn the diminished scale as it relates to standard CAGED chords. For instance, Pattern 1 will correspond to a C chord.

Pattern 1

E A D G B E 0 1 2 3 F F# A B C D D# F G# A B C D F F#
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Pattern 2

E A D G B E 2 3 4 5 6 F# G# A B C D D# F F# G# A B C D D# F F# G# A
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Pattern 3

E A D G B E 5 6 7 8 A B C D D# F G# A C D D# F F# A B C
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Pattern 4

E A D G B E 7 8 9 10 B C D F F# A B C D D# F F# G# A B C D
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Pattern 5

E A D G B E 9 10 11 12 13 D D# F F# G# A B C D D# F F# G# G# A B C D D# F
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